New York 2010 Bear Harvest Numbers

NY Fish & Wildlife, Bear Hunting Magazine

New York has released their bear season numbers for 2010. Hunters took 1,064 bears last year which is 20-percent drop from 2009 in the southern part of the state and a drop of 35-percent for the Adirondacks. But, this number is very similar to harvest levels of 2005-2007.

Officials say the numbers in the Adirondacks seems to be directly linked to variations in key food sources. In years when soft mast (apple, cherry, raspberry) is abundant, bear harvest during the early season tends to decrease. Cherry and raspberry were widely available in September and October, and bear take during the 2010 early season dropped approximately 40% from 2009, which was a year with a poor soft mast crop and high early season bear harvest. Conversely, in years when beech nuts are abundant, bear take tends to increase during the regular season.

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